A Western Highlands Conference rematch awaits Polk County in the opening round of the 2A state playoffs.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released official football playoff pairings on Saturday afternoon. Polk County, the WHC champion, earned the 5th seed in the 2A West bracket and will face No. 12 Madison in next Friday’s opening round.

The Wolverines (8-3) defeated the Patriots (6-5) 21-7 in the conference opener for both schools in September. More on that game here.

With a win, Polk County would face the winner of the Reidsville-Hendersonville game. If Reidsville wins, the Rams would host Polk County in the second round. Were Hendersonville to win, Polk County would host that second-round matchup.

All seven Western Highlands Conference schools earned playoff berths. Owen earned the 7th seed in the 2A West bracket and will host Mount Pleasant, while Mountain Heritage is seeded 11th and will travel to Shelby for its first-round game. Avery and Mitchell earned spots in the 1AA bracket.

Madison closed its season Friday night with a 50-33 loss to Mountain Heritage. Running back Tyler Hoffman, the school’s all-time leading rusher, ended the season with more than 2,400 yards rushing, including 280 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Mountain Heritage.

Official Brackets
2A East
West Bladen (16) 5-6 at Northeastern (1) 9-2
Graham (9) 5-6 at Beddingfield (8) 7-4
Midway (12) 9-2 at Holmes (5) 8-3
Fairmont (13) 8-3 at Ayden-Grifton (4) 5-6
East Bladen (14) 6-5 at Clinton (3) 7-3
Jordan-Matthews (11) 5-6 at Southwest Onslow (6) 8-3
Farmville Central (10) 8-2 at Eastern Randolph (7) 7-4
Southern Vance (15) 5-6 at South Columbus (2) 8-3

2A West
Lake Norman Charter (16) 5-6 at Carver (1) 10-1
Lincolnton (9) 7-4 at Thomasville (8) 5-6
Madison (12) 6-4 at Polk County (5) 8-3
Hendersonville (13) 5-6 at Reidsville (4) 9-2
Brevard (14) 5-6 at North Wilkes (3) 9-2
Mountain Heritage (11) 7-4 at Shelby (6) 7-4
Mount Pleasant (10) 5-6 at Owen (7) 8-2
Surry Central (15) 5-6 at North Rowan (2) 11-0

Photo: Jane Ollis

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